Spring and Early summers have become the unofficial season of major tech corporation events. Google’s flagship developer conference, Google I/O is every tech-head’s dream come to life.
What’s Google I/O?
It’s a massive international conference where major developers from across the world convene over keynotes, conferences, updates on pre-existing applications and the reveal of software and hardware.
When and Where?
Every year, Google releases a tricky puzzle containing updates on the I/O event.
— Google Developers (@googledevs) January 25, 2019
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) January 25, 2019
This was later validated by Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Twitter: “Glad the transmission was received:) See you at Shoreline Amphitheatre May 7-9 for this year’s I/O! #io19”.
What to expect from I/O 2019
Google will likely shed some more light on the tenth iteration of their operating system. The developer beta previews were released last month, showing improvements in notification management and theme accent colours.
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Google is expected to explain its new gaming platform, Stadia, which was recently announced at the GDC Gaming Conference. Stadia aims to revolutionize the gaming experience by taking it to the cloud, which will allow users to switch hardware seamlessly without having to deal with any peripherals.
Google is said to have been working on a future successor to Chrome OS and Android in the form of a singular Fuschia OS. Not much is known about the project, and I/O 2019 might be when it’s finally revealed to the masses.
Google’s acquisition of watchmaker Fossil’s smartwatch technology for a staggering $40 Million is an indication of Fossil’s R&D Department joining Google to help launch a new product which could be the rumored Pixel Watch.
Two devices codenamed ‘medaka’and ‘salmon’ were also discovered by developers in source code. Given the growing market of wearable tech, it wouldn’t be surprising if Google released hardware that works seamlessly with its very own Wear OS.
How can I be a part of it?
Entry to the I/O event is extremely sought after. There’s an application process involved (which closes months in advance) from which attendees are chosen by a raffle. The “lucky winners” will still have to pay $1,150 (General Admission) while Academics will have to pay $350 to be a part of the proceedings.
If you’re like us and don’t plan on shelling out a few thousand dollars, the conference is streamed live every year. The links are usually posted by Google on Socials and will be available on this website as soon as they’re released. Watch this space.
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